Patty McCoy’s Montchanin flower and gift shop is usually humming with activity this time of year. But McCoy is painting anything but a rosy picture of the cash register-crushing impact on her business caused by the ongoing roadwork around her store.
As reported here Tuesday, the replacement of railroad crossings along Route 100 (AKA Montchanin Road) has resulted in temporary road closures, detours and traffic jams.
McCoy says she understands the need for the upgrades but that it couldn’t have come at a worse time for her business, Petals Flowers & Fine Gifts. “Mother’s Day is the largest floral holiday – period,” she said. McCoy says she places her floral order for Mother’s Day months in advance and expects she is already down $10,000 to $20,000 since the road closure.
“This construction has killed our foot traffic. And seventy-five percent of our business is walk-in. There are just so many events coming up in May where people either need flowers, gifts, or both,” she said.
Those events include graduations, proms, and end-of-year school celebrations. And, of course – for those of you who may have forgotten, Mother’s Day this Sunday, May 12.
McCoy wants shoppers to know that her store is still accessible via Rockland Road, just a little trickier to reach.
McCoy says she “got wind” of the Rte. 100 overhaul just one day before work began and that she immediately contacted DelDOT requesting that they delay the work to begin after Mother’s Day but got no relief.
Other businesses in the tiny, tony Montchanin Village include a dental office, executive recruiters, a frame store, an accountant and an interior design shop.
The dental office of Garrett B. Lyons has been notifying patients to set aside extra time in order to make their scheduled appointments.
None of the businesses we spoke said they had been provided an advance head’s up of the road construction and its potential impact.
TSD has reached out to representatives at DelDOT and we will update the story once we hear from them.